The (Honest) Truth About Affiliate Marketing

Hello everyone.

Today, we’re going to talk about something else, which is related to affiliate marketing. We believe you’ve heard about this previously—whether you’re browsing the internet or watching YouTube videos, you’ve seen the words affiliate marketing somewhere.

So, why we’re talking about this?

There is one main reason that motivates us to create this post. And that is proper education, knowledge, and recommendation for people—like us, too, who want or at least try to make money online.

We’ve searched on Google about: “How to make money online,” at least once in our life, right?

And there are many clickbait that say, “How to make $XXX a day,” or something like “Earn $XXX just by doing X.” And then you came across with other clickbait like, “Get $XXX a month with Affiliate Marketing.”

You know, and you’ve read a blog or probably watched these videos, and you’re trying to follow their footsteps and hope that you can earn money overnight.

You’re hoping for a miracle that someone is going to buy what you copied from what you’ve learned, and you can get the same result within hours as everybody does.

We know this post is risky, but we can’t help ourselves. We’re doing this because we don’t want more people to get caught in the trap of affiliate marketing or any other get-rich-quick scheme.

Well, to be brutally honest with you. Here’s the truth about affiliate marketing.

How does Affiliate Marketing work?

It’s an advertising model where a company or person compensates third-party publishers to generate traffic or leads to the company’s products or services.

In a sentence, you’re selling someone else’s products or services, and you get a commission if someone buys that particular product or service.

Sounds pretty straightforward, right?

Well, here’s the truth. It’s not as easy as it seems to be. Because here’s what everyone didn’t tell you.

Let’s take another look at the definition above:

“…where a company or person compensates third-party publishers to generate traffic or leads to the company’s products or services.”

Do you see that part where we put a bold in it?

That’s what most people miss and get caught in the trap of easy making money online.

Let’s say you’re just like us. You’re starting a website or a blog, and you want to monetize it by promoting affiliate products. There are good news and bad news.

The good news is, making a website for free is simple, and everyone can do it within a few clicks here and there. You can even post affiliate products within 30 minutes and get them out on the internet.

The bad news? You’re back to square one. Why? Because you need someone to see your website—your post about the product you promoted. And hope that they will buy by clicking the link you provided. Trust us. We’ve been there, and we’ve been through this part.

Let us help you by putting a simple diagram about the process. You can call it a sales funnel, marketing flow, or anything else.

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As you can see, there are at least six levels before you can convert a stranger into a customer. Six levels. What’s even worse? It doesn’t include the process of bringing traffic to your website.

You might say, “But there are a lot of ways to bring traffic, isn’t it?” 

Well, the answer is yes. You can use Google Ads, social media, e-mail marketing, and everything else to share your content.

But, if you want to start doing affiliate marketing, you need to understand that bringing traffic doesn’t mean you’re going to make sales from whatever you’re promoting.

What are the key takeaways?

  • Affiliate marketing means you’re selling someone else’s product or service and get commissioned if someone buys what you’re promoting.
  • Affiliate marketing is not a get-rich-quick scheme.
  • Driving traffic to whatever you’re promoting is the number one challenge in affiliate marketing.
  • There are six levels to convert a stranger into a customer that buys whatever you’re promoting.
  • Getting traffic doesn’t guarantee sales.

Do we recommend Affiliate Marketing?

For us, this is a difficult question to answer. But, since we’re here to help you decide. The answer is yes.

Why do we recommend affiliate marketing? Because it is a long-term business, and if you build it from scratch and keep doing it, you can run it into an auto-pilot.

We carefully select our words here. Affiliate marketing doesn’t make you rich overnight. It is not a get-rich-quick like many people said. And we need to be careful because there are a lot of scams advertised as affiliate marketing.

Yes. You’ve read it right. Scams.

We didn’t mean to scare you with our statement, but you need to know that several ‘affiliate marketing influencers’ are selling their products and targeting people who want to make money fast.

It’s not your fault that you fall into their trap (they’re calling it a sales funnel). Because the way they’re trying to lure you is by utilizing an elaborate effort through their sales page (or landing page) combined with mesmerizing sales copy that tickles your emotion.

Believe us, we’ve fallen into these traps frequently, and we’ve lost a lot of money because of it. That’s why we decided to build We Recommend because we don’t want to regret anything we buy online.

Now you might ask us, “Are you trying to scam me through this post, too?”  

No. Everything we’ve recommended so far is carefully studied and checked. We had our own rules when we were promoting affiliate products or services.

We’re going to share with you our rules, so you can use them as your guide to decide whether you want to promote it or not.

Rule number one.

Never promote something that offers you an almost immediate result.

Why? Because an immediate result will trigger your brain to act as soon as possible. And what’s more suspicious than forcing someone to buy immediately?

We believe an affiliate marketer should curate their content and avoid misguiding their readers with false information. Here at We Recommend, we want people to be satisfied after buying the products or services we recommend.

If you regret buying something in the past, look back again at the sales page or any blog post where you came from and look for anything that says immediate result. You might buy it because of that.

Everything needs time to take, and affiliate marketing is a process, not a shortcut.

Rule number two.

Follow your guts. Always read the sales page and stop if you’re feeling uneasy. We invented this rule based on our experience. Even though you think you’re not intuitive, humans—in general, can sense if there is something fishy about the page you’re reading.

You can sense it if it doesn’t feel right. And we recommend you to follow your guts.

Oh, by the way, this doesn’t work with videos because audio-visual information is far more convincing than reading a blog post.

Rule number three.

Make a note for fishy products or services—including their name and the creator. Here’s the truth. Several suspicious affiliate products or services will emerge in the future with different names. But, if you look closely, it is almost identical to the previous one made. And the only thing they’re adding is a couple of features and add-ons.

Many affiliate marketers out there will hate us with these rules, but we don’t care. It’s for the good of the people.

What are the key takeaways?

  • We recommend affiliate marketing for long-term business, not as a get-rich-quick overnight success.
  • Beware of several scams disguised as affiliate marketing.
  • Use our three rules as guidance to decide which affiliate products or services you should promote.

Where should I start if I want to do affiliate marketing?

If you’re interested in starting your own affiliate marketing business, we recommend the number one educational platform of affiliate marketing—Wealthy Affiliate.

It is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Wealthy Affiliate provides you with a guide on building your website, writing content, and how to drive traffic to your website.

You can sign-up and join Wealthy Affiliate for free—no credit card required. And what’s interesting is you can build your website for free at Wealthy Affiliate.

If you’re concerned about design, you don’t need to worry. Just look at our site here. It’s not that great right now, but we take it step-by-step and see it as a process.

You will get access to their affiliate courses which are easy to follow. Should you need any help, they have more than a handful of community members ready to help you 24/7.

Wealthy Affiliate got more than 1,4 million members in 193 countries. And you might be surprised by this fact: it’s been around for 17 years in the affiliate marketing business.

You might think, “Sure, I’ll register for free and probably get a free course like other people. And then I must pay a certain amount of money to upgrade my membership, right?”

Well, of course. If you want a result, you’re going to need access to all the tools and resources available.

Why we’re saying this right now? Because we don’t want you to regret it if you decide to join us at Wealthy Affiliate.

Wealthy Affiliate premium membership will cost you $19 for the first month as a special offer. And the next month it’s going to cost you $49. We recommend starting as a premium member to experience and interact with the community. You can check the full comparison chart here.

If you want an even more significant result, you can upgrade to Premium Plus for $99 a month.

Should I start now?


There is an African Proverb we like,

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to far, go together.”

African Proverb

Let’s go together and build our own affiliate marketing business to tap into the unlimited revenue sources.

Click on the LINK to register.

We’ll see you inside!

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